Archive for April 28th, 2007

Dieting, chocolate

I am entering my third week into the diet this Monday. I’ve lost 7.5 lbs so far. On Tuesday we will start South Beach Phase-I with JBQ that will last 2 weeks (it is similar to Atkins’ Diet Phase-I, except that you don’t eat too fatty meats and you have freedom over more vegetables). Overall, South Beach is “Atkins version 2″, a more healthy approach at it.

However, yesterday I found Hostess, a brand new low-calorie chocolate mini-cake pack, that only has 100 calories in it, and despite a first visual impression of “cakes are bad for you”, they are actually more healthy than the SouthBeach-branded Kraft power bars! The Hostess-100 have way more calcium and fiber than the power bars, and they weigh 9 grams more (when you are on a diet, even 9 grams of more food matters)!

Problem was, when I ate one of these chocolate mini-cakes, I wanted more. I am obviously addicted to chocolate, because I am 2 weeks on a diet and haven’t craved for anything so far! And then, the chocolate hell came — just by tasting a bit of it in these mini-cakes. All this made me remember the Kinder chocolate and especially my favorite Greek chocolate, the classic version of Lacta. I found Lacta’s web site and it brought me back memories from when I was a kid. Sniff…

Bad chocolate! Bad!

Diet Recipe: Grilled Eggplant Fish Bake

This is a very healthy, filling recipe and it has between 180 and 200 calories — depending on the kind of white fish you will choose to use. I used Gorton’s fish fillets (100 cals per serving), which they can be found in 3 flavors: as white fish in Italian herb, or lemon & pepper sauce, and salmon in buttery sauce. I used the salmon with its buttery sauce, although you can save an extra 30 calories if you choose to use frozen cod instead (won’t taste as good though). This recipe is also South Beach Phase-I & II compliant.

Ingredients (for 1)
* 90-100 gr of any low-fat white fish or a Gorton’s fish fillet (100 cals)
* 3 slices of a big eggplant, cut 0.5″ each (about 50 grams, 15 cals)
* 3 thin slices of the big kinds of onions (15 cals)
* 1 big tomato sliced to 0.5″ slices (25 cals)
* 5 slices of zucchini (10 cals)
* 20 gr of fat free feta cheese crumbles (found at Trader Joe’s, 20 cals)
* 5 sprinkles of your favorite Spritzer’s salad dressing (optional, 5 cals)

Execution
1. Preheat oven at 400F (205C). Preheat a grill pan on “high”. When the grill pan is really hot, take the 3 eggplant slices and grill them. Turn over twice each side, grill for about 2-3 minutes overall.
2. In a personal-sized oven dish arrange the tomato, eggplant, zucchini and onion, one after the other, like a fallen domino.
3. If you are not using Gorton’s fish fillets sprinkle 5 times on top of your veggies and fish with your Spritzer’s salad dressing. If you are using Gorton’s fish fillets you don’t have to do that because their fillets come pre-marinated.
4. Add 1/4 cup of water in the oven dish and place it in the oven. 20 minutes into the baking, take a tablespoon and get some of the juice from the oven dish and sprinkle it over the veggies. Bake for another 10 minutes.
5. Get the fat-free feta cheese crumbles and sprinkle on top of the veggies. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, until the eggplant and zucchini are done. Serve hot.